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Sunset, the old tower, St Hilary's Church, Wallasey

By davey_griffo
Perhaps this'll have a little too much black at the bottom for some, but I like the shape of the silhouette, and the distinctive shape of the tower (if you know the area, that is Smile).

I loved the sky too, & spent a while dodging & burning to get the best from it, something I don't often do.

The knobbly line to the right of the tower isn't a drystone wall, though there is one (suitably cemented in place in these times of health & safety), it's the gravestones peeking over from the graveyard inside. This part of the churchyard stands on higher ground, and it is raised around 3 or 4 feet above the surrounding area. Though the wall is probably four or five feet high, it's only about 2 feet above the ground inside, hence you can see the gravestones. Technically, the people intered on this side of the church were buried above ground.

The tower is part of the original church, raplaced by the newer building to the right & out of shot, when some disaster (I think a fire) occured. There's a plaque about it on the tower, but I didn't think to photograph it so I'd know.

Tags: Sunset Church Silhouette Architecture Churchyard Wirral Wallasey Liscard St Hilarys

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1928 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2011 1:01PM
Very effective. I like this sort of approach which isn't 100% silhouette, there's enough detail visible to give a sense of depth, and one gets to see more and more as one studies the image.
Re the raised churchyard, I know of a number like this and in certain cases it's happened because the cemetery was full, more earth was brought in to add depth for a second layer of burials on top. (Meanwhile of course, the road outside may have been levelled).

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woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2011 1:03PM
I think you will find that lens addictive, Dave; in fact, I reckon you're on the way already . . . .
There's some fascinating information in your description and a wealth of detail in the image. The sky, for one, where your time was really well spent. Then the gravestones all seem to have a personality of their own. Silhouettes need a solid base, so there's no problem with the foreground. My one inclination would be to skew the left just a touch to remove the fraction of garden wall that converges its way into the edge. But I can forgive many sins for that fabulous sky!
davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
25 Apr 2011 1:27PM
Thanks Mr & Mrs Bill. Smile

I see what you mean, Bill. I never even noticed it. Or the tiny bit of the back end of the church encroaching from the right. I shall correct it right away.
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2011 2:45PM
Thanks for the p.m., Dave, I think it works. I'm convinced that these extreme wide angles see much further than we do. I have got quite used to cloning out my own feet Smile
25 Apr 2011 2:48PM
Hey, the composition of forground and background works just fine for me.
Nice work
davey_griffo 9 213 165 England
25 Apr 2011 2:54PM
Thanks Tony.

Thanks for dropping by again Bill.

It's probably not your fault. Most viewfinders only show 90 or 95% of the final image, so you probably didn't see your feet encroaching at the bottom.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2011 10:03PM
good advice from Woolybill, a good shot taken in low light
xwang 9 56 8
27 Apr 2011 11:07PM
Beautiful image, love the light..the lens works well..Wink
6 May 2011 4:18PM
Nice one.Grin

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